Lawyer asks Court to stop operation “Crocodile Smile 4” in Lagos

October 30, 2019

By Agency reporter

A Lagos based lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo has on Wednesday, asked a Federal High Court in Lagos, to stop the commencement of operation Crocodile Smile 4 in the state.

The lawyer brought his suit marked FHC/L/CS/1951/2019 under the provisions of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules 2009.

The applicant is suing for himself and on behalf of The Nigerian People living in Lagos (Lagosiams).

He joined as respondents: The Chief of Army Staff, Attorney General of Lagos Sate, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

Omirhobo is seeking a declaration that the use of Military Operation Crocodile Smile 4 from Oct. 7 to Dec. 23 in Lagos, at the instance of the Respondent, to checkmate bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, as well as other sundry crimes, is a violation of his fundamental rights and those of Lagosians.

He is seeking a declaration that it is the statutory duty of the Nigeria Police Force to checkmate bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militia, cattle rustlers as well as other sundry crimes in Lagos State and not that of the Military.

He seeks a declaration that the deployment of military personnel to Lagos State, under the Operation Crocodile Smile 4 by the respondents, to perform the statutory duties of the Police is a violation of the fundamental rights of the Applicant and other Lagosians.

Applicant consequently wants an order for the enforcement of his fundamental rights and those of other Lagosians, including the Nigerian Public living in Lagos.

He wants an order, compelling the respondents to protect and respect his fundamental rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, family and private life, freedom of expression, and peaceful assembly, as well as those of other Lagosiams.

Omirhobo seeks an order , stopping and outlawing forthwith Operation Crocodile Smile 4 as well as the positive identification which is scheduled to commence from Nov. 1

He wants an order compelling and directing the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to take charge of the enforcement and maintenance of law and order in Lagos.

Besides, applicant seeks an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondent from using the Military to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Police in the enforcement and maintenance of law and order in Lagos State.

He also wants an order of perpetual injunction restraining the resondents, their servants, agents or privies from violating his fundamental rights and those of Lagosians.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the new suit (NAN)

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